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Catherine Opie – Photography, Painting and Portraiture | TateShots

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Published on Oct 20, 2017

American photographer Catherine Opie is best known for her documentation of American life. She rose to prominence in the mid-1990s with portraits capturing the West Coast leather community.

Here, the artist visits Tate Britain to discuss the influence of painting on her photography. In particular, European old master paintings have been a strong influence on her 2017 body of work, Portraits and Landscapes. Her sitters, which include fellow artists and friends David Hockney, Gillian Wearing, Duro Olowu, Thelma Golden and Isaac Julien, are theatrically lit against a black drop cloth.

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